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About me

I graduated in 2007 for the study Mass Communication with the specialization Health Promotion and Government Communication. In 2012, I received cum laude for my PhD thesis on the impact of smoking bans on smokers and also the Dutch Public Health Prize. In 2017, I received the ECL ECToH Young Professional Award.


Currently, I work as research coordinator at the IVO Addiction Research Institute and as post-doctoral researcher at Maastricht University (research school CAPHRI) in the Netherlands. My current research projects focus on addiction prevention and health promotion among vulnerable populations. I am supervising four PhD students on different projects related to smoking cessation and one PhD student with a project on mentoring vulnerable youth.


In the past, I have worked for Radboud University Nijmegen's IQ Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, STIVORO Dutch Expert Centre on Tobacco Control, the Dutch Alliance for a Smokefree Society, and the study program Nutrition and Dietetics of the Hague University of Applied Sciences.


More about my work can be read under projects and on my blog. You can also follow me on Twitter.


In my leisure time, I enjoy going on vacation to the mountains of France, Spain or Greece together with my husband. Our favourite activities are skiing and canyoning. I also like to draw storybooks for children about mountaineering and canyoning.